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The Slip Jigs and Reels

[Steve Tilston]

Steve Tilston composed The Slip Jig and Reels after seeing a photograph of a desperado who was killed by Mescalero Apaches ca. 1870. He sang it on his 1992 album with Maggie Boyle, Of Moor and Mesa, and on his 2018 CD Distant Days. He commented in the fist album's liner notes:

[…] a kind of link song between the so-called “old world” and the “new”, a ballad of a 19th century immigrant who became a minor bad-man in the south-western parts of North America. He fell foul of the Mescalero Apaches. Let's just say that those fellows refused to be bound by the Rousseauean mould of the “noble savage”. Who could blame them?

This video shows Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle performing The Slip Jig and Reels at the Albert Hole Folk Club in Bedminster, Bristol, on 7 September 1990:

Peter Bellamy sang Slip Jig and Reels live at the Cockermouth Folk Club in January 1991. He accompanied himself on Anglo concertina. The concert was published on his cassette Songs an' Rummy Conjurin' Tricks. An earlier studio recording of this song from 1990 was included in 1999 on his Free Reed anthology Wake the Vaulted Echoes.

Hobson's Choice sang Slip Jigs and Reels on their 1999 album A Curate's Egg.

Fairport Conventention covered several songs of Steve Tilston. Their version of Slip Jigs and Reels can be found on their Australian live CD Acoustically Down Under and on their Free Reed 4 CD anthology Fairport unConventioNal.


Peter Bellamy sings Slip Jigs and Reels

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